Yeah, yeah ... I know ... I'm a Southern Californian and probably don't know my cioppino like you Bay Area foodies. Actually, it is my favorite food of all time. To me, it is like eating liquid gold ... that is, if it is good cioppino.
On a recent trip to the city, I had a recommendation to stop in at Tadich Grill and try their cioppino. I was really disappointed. Not only was my cioppino just so-so at best, but the servers were arrogant and aloof. The whole experience was so disappointing to me, I created a website (bestCIOPPINO.com) to try and catalog people's cioppino experiences from across the globe.
I'm headed back to your fine city and wonder where I should dine for the city's best and most authentic cioppino. I like my clams purged, the mussels to be buttery soft, the sauce should be rich and tomatoey, the crab (if present) should be in the shell, and it is always a nice touch if there's a good hint of bay leaf.
It's 8:55 in the morning and I should be craving cioppino at this hour ... but I am!
Looking forward to your help.